28 May 2013

Isaiah 54:2-3

"Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities."

It's amazing how a few patients at a time can add up to such a large final number! In the last 10 years, working with the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, (GHO) we have touched 62,350 people! That's a good sized town! Some have received a life changing surgery, some a brief check-up, vitamins, and anti-inflammatory medication. 
All have been prayed for, smiled at, and shown the love of Jesus....
A team member plays with a patient while his mother is being seen by the doctor

Team members get to see some local culture, and taste some local food-- here it was yuca (manioc root) and ayampacas... a jungle version of a tamale... a banana leaf filled with chicken and hearts of palm. 

that does not look like a potato!

Our goal has always been to provide the needy with the highest quality care possible, demonstrating the love of Jesus in a practical way. We are backed by our foundation - established in 1988, shortly after we arrived in Ecuador. Our 25 year history increases credibility with patients and local government officials.
Triage is the important first step as our patients enter the clinic. Thanks to Anita Kimmel and Marlon Ortiz for translating!
We take our teams to towns where we are planting churches. It's a great way to serve the brothers and sisters who are 'in the trenches' and minister to the local people in a way that is practical and non-threatening.

Our US doctors are helped by translators - in this case, a local missionary who gives her time to help us out.  Thank-you Lynn!
The Lord has responded to our prayers and we now have a wonderful group of new believers meeting regularly in Huaquillas, Ecuador on the border with Peru.   

We give special thanks to the Pastors and faithful members of the churches in El Oro and the brothers and sisters from the U.S. who have been reaching out together in Medical and Evangelistic Outreaches to this needy city.  Your efforts in sowing the gospel have been rewarded. We are heading back in a couple of weeks with another team!

Esmeralda Roman, head of Social Services; Marilyn; Gabriela Macias, Vice-Mayor of Huaquillas

 We have been blessed to see a special relationship develop with Manuel Aguirre, the mayor of Huaquillas. (He's wearing the yellow shirt in the front of the picture below) His support with facilities, staffing and publicity during medical brigades has been invaluable.   

We stopped by to say hello and got invited to lunch!
He’s also made two facilities available to us, one will be used to open an after school program in conjunction with Compassion International.  The other will be used as a home for abandoned and abused children.  Our hope is to continue spreading the gospel message from this border town into northern Peru and we have already begun making some important contacts in Tumbes.

What a blessing to be a part of this ministry!

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